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Top Heavy Hefeweizen - Piece Brewery & Pizzeria

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Top Heavy Hefeweizen
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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Piece Brewery & Pizzeria visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DrunkMcDermott on 12-23-2003)
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Photo of Dripdry
2.95/5  rDev -28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color was a beautiful hazy gold/amber.
The mouthfeel was a bit sticky, but alright.
Drinkable only in gulps, but this was due to the flavor, which felt overwhelmingly fruity.

Overall as a beer it was ok, but an award winning beer? Perhaps with someone, but definitely not me. When I drink beer I like it to taste more like beer and less like a fruit bowl, but it looks like this beer appeals to others, so this is just my opinion.

One bias is that I think fruit in beer is heresy punishable by a grisly and slow death, so perhaps the lemon wedge simply enraged me.

Dripdry, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of Arsenal0328
3/5  rDev -26.8%

Arsenal0328, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.33/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review based on a beer-judging sized sampler. Appropriately cloudy, even a little white like a Belgian. Has an extreme banana and lemon nose that overwhelms the other hefeweizen spices. Very "German," maybe even a little overdone. But you don't need a lemon, that's for sure.

DrunkMcDermott, Dec 23, 2003
Photo of drewone
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

drewone, Nov 17, 2014
Photo of RavenForBeer
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

RavenForBeer, Nov 08, 2014
Photo of Rifugium
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at the brewpub

Review from notes. Hazy straw-yellow pour, topped with a cap of foamy white head; moderate retention and a bit of lacing. Yeasty aroma, wheat, banana esters, light spice and a bit of citrus. More of the same in the taste, bready yeast, banana and clove, light citrus, wheat...pretty much a typical hefe. Medium body, fairly smooth, decently drinkable overall.

Rifugium, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of oso
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

oso, Nov 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

t0rin0, Dec 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

gpawned, Jul 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

kylehay2004, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate yellowish color that is quite cloudy and has a nice white head. Nose is yeast, wheat, and light citrus. The taste is wheat and citrus with a bit of a yeasty kick. Nice body with good carbonation. A bit heavy but drinks well.

Thorpe429, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Piece...Medium gold with a light orange tint...The aroma is nice with oranges, wheat and yeast nice and balanced. The taste is a little disappointing, too sweet with banana, needs to be more balanced. Easy to drink but nothing special.

Overall, pretty good.

jrallen34, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of rtepiak
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

it pours a little more amber than usual. with a dense but smaller foam than expected. the smell is a nice blend of wheat and banana with an interesting lingering maltiness. the taste is backed up by that maltiness. this hef is a bit denser tasting. it has wheat and fruitness but it also has a very subdued hop and malt that lingers. a good beer. light but essentially more american than german. still excellent for a brewpub beer.

alcohol contain is 5.5 to 6 percent. a bit stronger than usual

rtepiak, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of JasonEdelson
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%

Good esters

JasonEdelson, Aug 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

UWBadgerFan4Life, Aug 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

WoodBrew, Nov 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

emerge077, Oct 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

gtermi, Sep 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

KCM, Apr 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Sweffin, Oct 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

krl2112, Mar 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

jmtpi, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of EvilKeith
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes of 08/20/2006 visit to Piece, Chicago IL.

This one is for sure a Hefe Weizen, in the classic German style. Dark orange in color with a good heavy cloud and haze of yeast. The head is a creamy white foam with good retention. The lace is sticky and thick.
The smell is heavy with banana, citrusy lemon zest, big yeasty breads and a hint of spicy clove.
Taste is dead on for the style. Citrusy lemon, banana, and big bready yeast, and light spiced flavors.
Crisp mouthfeel. Moderately active carbonation. Medium bodied. I know it is an old cliche, but it was actually refreshing.
Well done and very drinkable. After I try all the other beers at Piece I will have to have a few more of this one.

EvilKeith, Aug 21, 2006
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

thewimperoo, Nov 10, 2014
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Top Heavy Hefeweizen from Piece Brewery & Pizzeria
91 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.